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The Climates of the Geological Past

Facsimile reprint of the original German edition with translation

[07. October 2015] 

Alfred Wegener is known for his theory of continental drift which he published exactly 100 years ago in 1915. Slightly less known, but equally important are the studies on the climates of the geological past, which he carried out and published together with his father-in-law Wladimir Köppen.


Reinhard Süring Foundation honours permafrost researcher Moritz Langer

Award for innovative permafrost research methods

[01. October 2015] 

AWI permafrost researcher Moritz Langer received the climate award of the Reinhard Süring Foundation. The award is endowed with a prize money of 1500 euro and honours Langer outstanding study: Satellite-based modeling of permafrost temperatures in a tundra lowland landscape, published in the scientific journal Remote Sensing of Environment.

Drake Passage

Study on changes of past climate

New findings on global circulation patterns in atmosphere and ocean

[30. September 2015] 

The northern Antarctic Circumpolar Current’s flow speed in the Drake Passage was reduced by 40 % during the last glacial in comparison with the present interglacial. This is one result of a study by Dr. Frank Lamy from the Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and colleagues in this week’s “Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences of the United States of America” (PNAS).

Natural Hazards

New Tsunami scenarios for Indonesian Early Warning System

[21. September 2015] 

The earthquake and tsunami in Chile a few days ago show how important a precise early warning system is. Scientists of the Alfred Wegener Institute support Indonesians to create new tsunami scenarios for the northeast of the archipelago.


30 years of healing the ozone together

In 1985 the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer was agreed

[16. September 2015] 

Today is the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.